UFC lightweight Josh Thomson was rumored to be on the verge of retirement following his close and somewhat controversial decision loss to former WEC and UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson at UFC on FOX 10.
However, it seems like a fire has been lit under the lightweight contender as announcements have been made regarding season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter and the new coaches in Gilbert Melendez and UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.
“It made me kind of sick to my stomach,” stated Thomson on MMAjunkie Radio.
Thomson is still in the mindset that he has bested Melendez two out of their three meetings. Most recently their last bout under the former Strikeforce banner. And with Melendez also losing a close decision loss against Henderson, Thomson feels like it should have been him instead.
Thomson feels that he is undoubtedly more deserving of the coaching opportunity for The Ultimate Fighter 20. And though there were talks of retirement after his close loss to Benson it seems that the 35 year old veteran has had a bit of a change of heart as Thomson has hopes to get back into the Octagon to show his bosses that it should have been him.
Thomson hasn’t been coy about his fight pick either as he hopes to get matched up against current UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and get the opportunity to welcome him into the division.
“Hopefully, there’s a chance to welcome Jose Aldo to the lightweight division, and we’ll make a case from there,” he said.
There has been quite a bit of dancing in the lightweight division as Thomson was originally meant to replace T.J. Grant back at UFC on FOX 9 and face off against Anthony Pettis but instead was forced to fight Benson Henderson after Pettis suffered a knee injury that put him on the bench.
Furthermore, Melendez being booked to coach opposite Pettis sidelines Aldo’s plans as well as the Pettis and Also were in talks of facing off in the near future. However, apparently thats not the case.
Jose now has the choice of staying in his current weight class or moving up to 155 and testing his skills there.
As for Thomson, he has been undergoing some minor health issues (correcting the hand he broke in the Henderson fight), but is ready whenever the UFC is to make another run at the UFC lightweight crown.Anthony Pettis, benson henderson, Gilbert Melendez, Jose Aldo, Josh Thomson